Student Scholarships, Careers and Opportunities

STFC PhD Scholarship

We expect to offer one STFC PhD scholarship in Astrophysics starting from Sep/Oct 2020 and are therefore open to applications to fill this position.

Applicants must meet the eligibility requirements for STFC studentships, which are only open to UK residents.

Priority will be given to applications received by the deadline.


 Closing Date: Friday 21st February at 4.00pm

Lindsay PhD Scholarship

The Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS) and Armagh Observatory & Planetarium (AOP) invite applicants for the Lindsay PhD Scholarship, named after Eric M Lindsay, seventh Director of Armagh Observatory. The Scholarship is jointly funded by DIAS and AOP and the successful candidate would be expected to be based at DIAS but also spend time at AOP.

We wish to use I-LOFAR (based at Birr Castle, Ireland; and the full LOFAR array ( to explore plasma emission bursts produced by coronal shock fronts and plasma emission bursts produced by coronal shock fronts on the Sun, and perhaps on other stars. The metric radio emission of M dwarfs is currently poorly explored, but new instruments such as LOFAR can fill that gap. Furthermore we also anticipate that optical data from GOTO ( and TESS ( will be used to study stellar flares, and in particular the occurrence rate of super-flares on solar-like stars. TESS will give us more than 400 Solar-type stars with near continuous, high cadence, observations of nearly a year with a repeat set of observations a year later which will be the equivalent of observing the Sun for thousands of years.

The Scholarship is fully funded with the university fees and a living stipend paid to the successful applicant.

Further information on the Scholarship can be obtained from Prof. Peter Gallagher ( or Dr Marc Sarzi (

 Closing Date: Friday 28th February at 4.00pm

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Extragalactic Astronomy with Integral-Field Spectroscopy

Applications are invited for a 2-year fixed term Postdoctoral Research Assistant position in Extragalactic Astronomy. The successful applicant will join the Fornax3D collaboration led by Dr. Marc Sarzi, which aims at understanding the formation early-type galaxies in relation to their late-type counterparts and to the impact of galactic environment using high-quality and deep MUSE integral-field observations of galaxies in the Fornax galaxy cluster.

                 Closing Date: Friday 13th March at 4.00pm

PhD Scholarship

A PhD scholarship for a project titled "Placing Astronomy: Landscape, Space and Science at Armagh Observatory - 1790-1916" is available, co-supervised with Queen's University Belfast.

 Closing Date: Wednesday 18th March